Darkly handsome Lloyd Mangrum was best described as a cool customer on the course and one who made magic inside 20 yards of the green. Observers said that in his prime, Mangrum went for weeks at a time without three-putting.
Mangrum got his initial exposure to golf by parking cars at Cliff Dale CC in Dallas. His boss was his brother Ray. Lloyd never played as an amateur, choosing instead to turn professional at the age of 15.
Mangrum won the U.S. Open in 1946. He also won big in 1948 by claiming $22,000 out of a $48,000 purse at George S. May’s World Championship, playing on his home course - Tam O’Shanter. Mangrum, a Vardon Trophy winner in 1951 and 1953, played in four Ryder Cup Matches (1937, 1949, 1951, 1953) as a playing captain), as well as serving as honorary captain in 1955. He was also selected in 1939 but those matches were not played due to WWII.
Birthplace: Trenton, Texas
Born: August 1, 1914
Died: November 17, 1973